HOLDING YOU UP
Sunday, April 22, 2018
- A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need. – Proverbs 17:17 (493)
- In the difficult moments of life, who surrounds you and supports you matters.
- In the New Testament there are 59 “one another statements”
- Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. – Romans 12:15 (866)
One significant way God has given us to help us find hope when things are falling apart are relationships. There is a great story in the Old Testament – it’s only three verses long – that really drives this home. It’s found in 2 Samuel 21 (253).
- 2 Samuel / History of Israel told through the lineage of its kings
TEXT: 2 Samuel 21:15-17 (253)
Once again the Philistines were at war with Israel. And when David and his men were in the thick of battle, David became weak and exhausted.
- Even the bestof us will have an offday.
- David had a pretty incredible reputation
- No matter how good you are – you aren’t good enough to do it alone
- “Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.” – Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (507)
- What we all know is that we will all fall down from time to time, but if there is no one to help you, then what?
Ishbi-benob was a descendant of the giants; his bronze spearhead weighed more than seven pounds, and he was armed with a new sword. He had cornered David and was about to kill him.
- All of us will face a giantproblemat some point in our lives.
- David’s giant problem had a name: Ishbi Benob
- He was a distant relative of Goliath
- He was big, he was well-armed (new sword, 8-pound spearhead) and he was calling his shot (translations: said he would kill David)
- Your giant – the thing that is pulling your world apart – may have a different name.
- Whatever your giant’s name – you can’t control it and you can’t stop it
Friendships mattermostwhen they are neededmost.
- Who surroundsyou matters.
But Abishai son of Zeruiah came to David’s rescue and killed the Philistine. Then David’s men declared, “You are not going out to battle with us again! Why risk snuffing out the light of Israel?”
- When David was vulnerable, and it looked like it was all over for him, his friend Abishai intervened
- Abishai was one of David’s “Mighty Men”
- Led 1/3 of Israel’s army
- David was surrounded by mighty men who were committed to his well-being.
- Who are the mighty men and women of God in your life? Who are the people that will surround you, pray with you, support and encourage you, and maybe even step in and take the hit for you?
- We need those kinds of people in our lives – and we need to be those kind of people for others when their world is coming apart.
- Where did David’s mighty men come from?
- So David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam. Soon his brothers and all his other relatives joined him there. 2 Then others began coming—men who were in trouble or in debt or who were just discontented—until David was the captain of about 400 men. – 1 Samuel 22:1-2 (228)